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Esa letter from jobcentre

Hi wondering if anyone can help with this question, I received brown envelope yesterday from jobcentreplus which was at least good news as I have been put in the Support group from 31st August, but there is no mention of how long for I thought the letter would state whether it is for 3 months or 1 year etc. Do I receive anything else maybe from a different department that would tell me how long I am in the SG.
Hoping someone can answer this for me. 
Thank you 

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    Decision letters for ESA never ever state the length of time, this is because Support Group is an ongoing award for as long as you remain in that group but they can reassess you anytime from 3 months. You can ring DWP to ask what length of time but this will only ever be a guide. To be honest i never bother ringing to ask that question.
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  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,997

    Scope community team

    Hello @te1. I'm pleased to read they put you into the support group! 
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  • te1te1 Member Posts: 50 Connected
    Hello @te1. I'm pleased to read they put you into the support group! 
    Thank you for your reply, I'm still a bit confused as the letter says that I was on contribution based ESA and I am now in Support group is the support group income related or contribution based. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Looking back at previous threads of yours i see that it's a fairly new ESA claim this means that you'll be claiming New style ESA which is Contributions based only.

    For the income related top up you'll need to claim UC but claiming this will totally depend on your circumstances because it's a means tested benefit. Living with partner that works, savings/capital all count when claiming this. You will also need to claim as a couple if you live with a partner.
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  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,997

    Scope community team

    Hi @te1, I hope Poppy has been able to answer all of your questions regarding whether it's contribution based or income related. If you're still unclear or have any other queries please don't hesitate to ask. :)
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    Scope
  • te1te1 Member Posts: 50 Connected
    Looking back at previous threads of yours i see that it's a fairly new ESA claim this means that you'll be claiming New style ESA which is Contributions based only.

    For the income related top up you'll need to claim UC but claiming this will totally depend on your circumstances because it's a means tested benefit. Living with partner that works, savings/capital all count when claiming this. You will also need to claim as a couple if you live with a partner.
    Thank you poppy123456 I did make a new claim for esa due to not being able to work as health conditions got worse and wasn't earning enough to be able to claim Ssp the letter I received just said that the amount paid to me weekly will be £111.65 previously I was getting £73.10 a week. I am a single person and am not entitled to UC am I correct in thinking that contribution based ESA is paid for a 12 month period or can contribution based ESA be paid for longer than that. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    New style ESA support group is £111.65 per week and is paid for as long as you remain in that group. It's not time limited to 1 year.

    May i ask what makes you think you're not entitled to claim UC? is it because of savings or something else? Just because you're a single person doesn't mean you can't claim UC.

    If you claim UC then your ESA will be deducted £1 for £1 from your total amount but you'll be entitled to the LCWRA element which is £336 per month. Also the standard allowance if over 25 which is £317.82, total £653 - your ESA which is £483 as a monthly payment. Total UC monthly amount will be £171 on top of your £111.65 per week ESA payment.

    Hope this helps.
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  • te1te1 Member Posts: 50 Connected
    New style ESA support group is £111.65 per week and is paid for as long as you remain in that group. It's not time limited to 1 year.

    May i ask what makes you think you're not entitled to claim UC? is it because of savings or something else? Just because you're a single person doesn't mean you can't claim UC.

    If you claim UC then your ESA will be deducted £1 for £1 from your total amount but you'll be entitled to the LCWRA element which is £336 per month. Also the standard allowance if over 25 which is £317.82, total £653 - your ESA which is £483 as a monthly payment. Total UC monthly amount will be £171 on top of your £111.65 per week ESA payment.

    Hope this helps.
    Thank you for your reply poppy123456. I don't have very much savings but I do have a small private pension from when I worked for the NHS which I have just been able to start claiming as reached the age of 60 my pension is £340 a month so that is why I am not entitled to any UC. I am new to claiming any benefits as I have worked all my life. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You're welcome. Thanks for that information, you are correct about UC your pension will be counted £1 for £1 so no entitlement there.

    Also, you will need to tell DWP about your pension, if you haven't already done this. If it's ever above £85 per week then this will affect the amount of ESA you can claim and you'll have a deduction of 50p for every £1 over £85.
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